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Happy Birthday Nolan Bushnell!


Today is the birthday of Nolan Bushnell, known as the cofounder of Atari and founder of Chuck E. Cheese, a pioneer of the video game industry, and one of Steve Jobs’s early bosses. < Tweet happy birthday to Nolan Bushnell! > Born in 1943, Bushnell is a serial entrepreneur if there ever was one. Atari, maker of… Read more »

8 Things Entrepreneurs Need to Know Before Getting a 409a Valuation

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Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. A 409A valuation.  Why is it important?  Well, as Brad Feld says, “it’s going to impact every employee in your company that gets… Read more »

SmartThings’s Alex Hawkinson: 5 Key Tips for Running a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign


Last week, Startup Grind DC held a fireside chat event at nclud with SmartThings CEO and co-founder Alex Hawkinson. Aside from talking about his hopes for the DC tech scene and praising the area’s vast resources that encourage tech startup growth, Hawkinson spent some time speaking to the audience about his philosophy when it comes to startup capital and what… Read more »

Top 10 Super Bowl Commercials from Tech Companies


Yesterday was Super Bowl Sunday, and Broncos fans all over America are trying their best to forget it ever happened.   But the beauty of the Super Bowl is that regardless of which side you root for, everybody puts aside their loyalties when the commercials start rolling. This year there were some amazing tech-related commercials that… Read more »

6 Technology Trends to Keep an Eye on This Year


The year 2014 is set to bring to our homes, offices and factories many technologies that have been in the experimental state for the past few years. Now, there’s no crystal ball to gaze into and accurately predict which open source platform will be popular next year or which Silicon Valley startup is going to… Read more »

Happy Birthday Cindy Gallop!

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Cindy Gallop, the creator of (NSFW), is celebrating a birthday today. Happy birthday, Cindy! Born in the UK in 1960, Gallop grew up in Brunei and came to her entrepreneurial career from the advertising world, where she worked with brands like Coca-Cola, Polaroid, and Ray-Ban. Her Twitter bio reads, “I like to blow shit… Read more »

The Startup Road Warrior: Healthy Travel Tips for Entrepreneurs

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Another day, another airport. Nashville, Tennessee. Melbourne, Florida. Hartford, Connecticut. Boston, Massachusetts. That was my January. And that’s the life of an entrepreneur. Growing the business means being on the road, but it makes my New Year’s resolutions all that much more difficult. Working out? Sure, totally normal to do squats and burpees in the… Read more »

Justyn Howard: Good Things Ahead for Chicago Startup Scene [VIDEO]


In the past year alone, the Chicago startup scene has gained a lot of attention for having increased its voice in the national tech discussion. With more successful acquisitions and IPOs, enthusiasm for startups has led to the creation of a more supportive community than was previously available. Justyn Howard thinks that there’s really nowhere to go but… Read more »

Scott Case: Luck Isn’t About Getting Lucky [VIDEO]


If I challenged you to strike up a conversation with a random neighbor, would you do it? According to Scott Case, refusing to do so may keep you from future opportunities. When people talk about startup success, they tend to reference the significance of luck or how certain startups got lucky. Case insists that luck… Read more »

Aziz Gilani: The Series A Crunch is a Sign of a Healthy Startup Ecosystem [VIDEO]


While certainly disconcerting for startups nearing the end of their seed funding, the Series A crunch is something that people shouldn’t be freaking out about. At least, that’s according to Aziz Gilani. Gilani is a director at the Mercury Fund, a seed- and early-stage VC based out of Houston. From his particular standpoint, he asserts that the point of… Read more »

How To Talk Nerdy And Influence People


 If you are a startup founder, product manager, user experience designer or otherwise playing any role that may influence a product in any way, shape, or form, you need to get familiar with BJ Fogg’s Behavior Model. I have made it my mission at my startup Speek, where we are making conference calls fast and… Read more »

How Home-Based Entrepreneurs Can Be Productive, Not Just Busy


According to Forbes, 52 percent of small businesses in the US are home-based. Proper time management is a key factor, if not the most important element of any successful business, but it can be especially challenging for entrepreneurs who work out of the home. Working from home means that you’ll have to battle numerous distractions, overcome… Read more »

Gadget Made by a 16-Year-Old Could Decrease Your Energy Bills


These days, 16-year-old Ameer Sami’s schedule is pretty routine: eat, sleep, play video games, try to change the world. One night in May, Sami fell asleep with the lights on and woke up to his mother scolding him about wasting electricity. Instead of getting defensive like many teenagers might, he decided to do something about… Read more »